I thought I would share this little book with you, its for anyone who loves drawing and fashion illustrations. This is another blast from the past and I particularly love the quirky nature of the illustrations and variety of designs. This book is out of print however I noticed that the author has a number of similar books on sale at amazon.
The book gives templates of figures to allow for you to draft your own design, these are put onto card which you draw round – lightly. This is like a croquis – which you make using your own body measurements albeit scaled down, however I don’t think drawing your proposed designs and creations to see if they suit or not is the main object of the exercise. I always sketch draw/design whatever I intend to make (I do this freehand, drawings can be seen on previous posts) so I can get a feel for the design, the fabric and details I intend to use/incorporate. It allows for you to think of the type of fabric and what works on a deeper level and I write notes next to the drawing, from pattern amendments or number of buttons etc.
I would encourage everyone to sketch their designs because at the very least its a wonderful record to keep of your achievements and I love to see how close the finished article is to the initial design. I know that patterns come with their own line drawings however the fabric choice can dramatically alter the appearance and feel of a garment.
I use nature study type notebooks for my sketches, a large one for adding design notes. The left hand side of the notebook is blank, for sketching with the right hand side ruled feint, for note taking. I can then trace through the outline from the previous design, a rough guide. I keep a small notebook in my handbag for when inspiration strikes – I have been known to skip along after someone in the street noting the cut of a suit or cuff detail.- This I then draft into my larger book which I use as an aide memoir when cutting out/drafting the pattern and making up.
Often you can forget how productive you have been in the past, but a quick look through your own design books serves as a collective visual reminder of past achievements, lessons learned and on how far your sewing has come.